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T.N.T. (album)

T.N.T. is the second studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in December 1975. Seven of the album's nine songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" was written by Young & Young, and "School Days" is a cover version of a Chuck Berry song.

It was originally released on Albert Productions, and was never reissued by another label. However, most of its contents were included on Atlantic Records' High Voltage album, which was released internationally in May 1976.

Overview

T.N.T. marked a change in direction from AC/DC's debut album, High Voltage, released in February 1975. Whereas High Voltage featured more of a glam rock-influenced sound, T.N.T. saw the band fully embrace the formula for which they would become famous: hard-edged, rhythm & blues-based rock 'n' roll with a high level of distortion in the lead and rhythm guitars. This album contains some of the band's best-known songs, including the title track, "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)", "The Jack", and others.

T.N.T. also led to more AC/DC appearances on Australia's Countdown music program, following those in support of High Voltage. These appearances included a live performance of the song "T.N.T.", as well as a now-famous music video for "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)".

Filmed on February 23, 1976, the video featured the band's then-current lineup, along with members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band, on the back of a flat-bed truck traveling on Swanston Street in Melbourne, Australia. On October 1, 2004, Melbourne's Corporation Lane was renamed ACDC Lane as a tribute to AC/DC, with the decision being based in part on this video.

International release

T.N.T. is the only Australian AC/DC studio album for which there is no international counterpart. However, seven of its nine songs comprise the international version of High Voltage, released in May 1976. The other two, "Rocker" and "School Days", saw worldwide release as part of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap's international version (1976/1981) and the Bonfire box set (1997), respectively.

Track listing

All songs composed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott, except where noted.

  1. "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" – 5:15
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Singer" – 5:04
  3. "The Jack" – 5:52
  4. "Live Wire" – 5:49
  5. "T.N.T." – 3:35
  6. "Rocker" – 2:51
  7. "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" (Young, Young) – 4:12
  8. "High Voltage" – 4:22
  9. "School Days" (Chuck Berry) – 5:21

Vinyl releases featured longer versions of "High Voltage" and "Rocker" - CD releases had edited versions.

Personnel

References

External links

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website

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